General News · 11th May 2012
Dear and Honourable Denis Lebel, May 10,'12.
Thank you for trying to re-assure me that the whales' and our sacred ecosystem is adequately protected. But, I am not adequately re-assured. As long as tankers continue carrying crude oil from the Alberta tarsands through Burrard Inlet to Asia, then this ecosystem is at far too great a risk of an oil spill.
I have signed the Dogwood Initiative's on-line petition, requesting that no expansion of the numbers of these tankers takes place. I have also signed a hard-copy petition of over 80 signatures, available at Squirrel Cove Store starting tomorrow, requesting that all such tankers cease and desist immediately.
The public is becoming informed and eager to act. So, I think it is only a matter of time before the government complies with our wishes. I think it is in the government's best interests to comply sooner rather than later.
From: Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities / Ministre des Transports, de l'infrastructure et des Collectivités
Subject: Tankers near the Fraser River.
Received: Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 8:31 AM
Ms. Nancy Beach
Dear Ms. Beach:
The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment, has provided me with a copy of your email of February 1, 2012, regarding tankers near the Fraser River. I am also in receipt of a copy of your email of March 4, 2012, to Minister Kent on this same issue.
The Canada Shipping Act, 2001, is the main legislation governing safety in marine transportation and shipping, including some protection of marine environment aspects. Transport Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and its Special Operating Agency, the Canadian Coast Guard, administer the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, and are responsible for monitoring compliance and enforcing its requirements.
Under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, Transport Canada has strict regulations to enhance the safety of ocean-going vessels operating in Canadian waters. These regulations include standards for building and maintaining vessels, training mariners and operating vessels. The Canadian regulatory scheme is based on international conventions adopted and promoted by the International Maritime Organization. Through the Department’s comprehensive regulatory framework, Transport Canada is committed to working with a range of partners to ensure a safe, secure and environmentally sound marine transportation system.
Thank you for sharing your views on this matter.
Denis Lebel, P.C., M.P.